Windsor Chairs, Tables, Benches, Stools and other contemporary furniture, made to order by



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John Fowler, Bear River Bodger, pursues the traditional craft

of Windsor Chairmaking in his chairmaking shop,

nestled in the rolling hills of Bear River, Nova Scotia, Canada.

John moved with his wife and two sons to Bear River

from England in 2004.

He learnt the craft of Windsor Chairmaking from a fellow

chairmaker and now has tables and chairs on show for sale in

various galleries in Nova Scotia.

Extra features can be incorporated into the customers design such as

carved knuckles and ears,

one-piece hardwood seats and rockers.

Using the natural, organic shape of the original tree,

John builds one of a kind, tables and benches.

John likes to try new ideas for unique pieces of furniture, such as organically shaped three legged artist stools.

John will happily discuss your requirements with you for a piece of custom made furniture.

Customers can request the finish that they would like.

Furniture can be finished with Old Fashioned Milk paint which is available in fourteen colours.

Alternatively, pieces can either be stained or left natural and finished with clear linseed oil.

John can be seen at the

Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market

every Saturday morning,

May to October (8am to 1pm)

Visitors are also welcome to call at the workshop to see

John at work. (by chance or appointment)

Customers can place individual orders by telephone, email

or by visiting John at his workshop in Bear River.

Read a short description of the process of crafting a

Windsor Chair.

A list of other interesting websites.

Each Windsor Chair is built using the tools and techniques

of the 18th century.

Every chair is individually handcrafted to the requirements of the customer using locally harvested wood.